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Brendan Rodgers sacked: His five best and worst signings for Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers made a serious mistake with the purchase of striker Mario Balotelli
Brendan Rodgers made a serious mistake with the purchase of striker Mario Balotelli
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Independent.ie Newsdesk

Liverpool have sacked Brendan Rodgers following a disappointing start to the 2015-16 season.

The club saw plenty of highs and lows during their time under Rodgers' management - and the players he brought into the club proved a mixed bag as well.

Here, we pick out the Northern Irishman's five best and five worst signings during his spell as Reds boss, which started in the summer of 2012.

THE FIVE BEST

Philippe Coutinho

Signed for only £8.5million from Inter Milan in January 2013, the Brazil playmaker has gone on to prove himself as someone capable of winning a match with a moment of magic. One of Premier League's best players last season.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers with Philippe Coutinho after he was sent off

Daniel Sturridge

Another player acquired in January 2013 for what has turned out to be a considerable bargain. Injuries have hampered the England forward since he made his switch from Chelsea for a reported £12million, but he has still managed to score 42 goals for Liverpool.

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Liverpool's English striker Daniel Sturridge (L) celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at the Anfield

Emre Can

The versatile 21-year-old Germany international has made his worth clear since arriving in the summer of 2014 from Bayer Leverkusen for only £10million.

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Emre Can is targeting a regular midfield slot this season

Danny Ings

It is still early days, but the signs are that Ings is a shrewd capture. So far since leaving Burnley over the summer to join the Reds on a free transfer, the 23-year-old has scored three goals and been called up to the full England squad.

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings can't wait for his first Merseyside derby.

James Milner

Another free transfer signing from the summer, the England and former Manchester City midfielder brings vast experience and a keen work ethic. Most would consider it a no-brainer getting him on board, particularly with no fee required.

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James Milner has some advice for his team-mates about dealing with off-field opinions

THE FIVE WORST

Mario Balotelli

The maverick Italy striker did not look a good fit for Liverpool when he was signed for £16million from AC Milan in August 2014, and what subsequently transpired - only one Premier League goal last season in 16 appearances - confirmed that to be the case. Currently back with Milan on loan.

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Mario Balotelli (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lazar Markovic

The Serbia winger showed glimpses of promise following his move from Benfica in the summer of 2014, but nothing really more than that - something of a let-down for a reported fee of £20million. Scored two goals in 19 league games last term and is now on loan at Fenerbahce.

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Lazar Markovic

Dejan Lovren

Croatia centre-back Lovren came in for the same fee during the same window as Markovic and has also failed to shine, despite having previously impressed in the Premier League with Southampton.

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Liverpool's Dejan Lovren is dejected during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 29, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Fabio Borini

Rodgers' first signing in the job, Borini has failed to reward the faith shown in him by his manager. Since arriving in July 2012 from Roma for a fee understood to be around £8million, the Italian striker has managed to score only two Premier League goals for the Reds, with his best form coming on loan at Sunderland, whom he joined permanently over the summer.

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Sunderland have landed Liverpool striker Fabio Borini

Iago Aspas

Brought in the summer after Borini reportedly for around £7.7million, Spanish frontman Aspas proved a major flop - 14 games and no goals in the Premier League, a loan to Seville last season and then a permanent move over the summer to Celta Vigo. Recently scored a brace against Barcelona.

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Sevilla have completed the formalities of their loan deal for Liverpool striker Iago Aspas

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